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Understanding the Highly Sensitive Person

Understanding the Highly Sensitive Person

Psychologist Elaine Aron coined the term Highly Sensitive Person in 1996. Here, she explains the unique struggles of these empathic individuals and how to help them thrive when the world feels overwhelming.

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Are there any advantages to being a HSP?
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How is the sensitivity trait related to other personality factors such neuroticism, introversion and conscientiousness?
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Are HSP more prone to depression and anxiety?
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Do highly sensitive people often present with somatic symptoms?
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Are there gender differences in the trait of high sensitivity?
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How do you differentiate between trait high sensitivity and an anxiety disorder e.g., GAD or SAD?
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Other than avoidance, what strategies can I recommend to clients with this trait to cope with over-stimulation?
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What factors need to be taken in consideration with HSPs that might alter a CBT treatment approach?
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Is equine assisted therapy beneficial for HSP? When might I think about referring a client on for this?
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How can I best support my HSP clients during times of transition and uncertainty?
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Do HSP get drawn to each other and tend to be friends, colleagues etc? Is it good for two HSP to be in a relationship and is it good for a HSP to have a therapist who is also a HSP?
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I am a psychotherapist and a HSP. Am I in the wrong career? I do worry that I take on too much.
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Hello, I need to attend a course for HSP , can you help me please?
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Do HSP struggle more with emotion regulation than non-HSP? What interventions best help with this?
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What should therapists know about treating trauma in a HSP?
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